Tip #116: Another tool for checking genre & subject headings

Here’s a good site to quickly see if a heading is valid: LC Linked Data Service: Authorities and Vocabularies.

You can check LCSH, LCGFT and/or Children’s Headings depending on which options you select.
Built headings can also be checked. Use a double dash between subfields. However, not all valid combinations are included in the database.

The disadvantage of this tool is that it does not display the coding and indicators. If you’re a beginner cataloger, you’ll probably prefer to continue using the main Library of Congress Authorities page.
Originally published on January 13, 2012.

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